Fadness shines in final home meet as Packers win gymnastics triangularPublished 9:49pm Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Austin senior Sela Fadness made her last home meet with the Packers count on Tuesday night.
Fadness scored at least a 9.400 in all four of her events as she won the all-around and the Packers won the home triangular with a team score of 146.650 at the YMCA.
Owatonna took second with a 144.775 and Winona took third with a 144.670.
Fadness felt nervous going into the meet, but she said her teammates let her use her favorite beam, which helped her out. Fadness tallied a 9.400 on the beam, a 9.600 on the vault, a 9.500 on the floor and a 9.625 on the bars.
“It felt good to go four for four in your last home meet,” Fadness said. “It’s going to be something that I remember with positive thoughts and I’m really happy it went the way that it did.”
When Fadness first started with the Austin gymnastics program, it wasn’t exactly the state power it is today. Austin usually looked to send an individual or two to state, but sending the whole team was something almost unthinkable.
Now the Packers have gone to state in three of the last four years and they took third place at state last year. Fadness, who was the all-around state champ last season, said a lot of things have changed with the gymnastics program, including the size of the gym.
“We built this gym up so much. With the gym we had before I don’t think we’d be where we are now,” Fadness said. “That’s because we have coaches who love the sport and are willing to build things and make things so we can be better gymnasts. I’m thankful to grow up in this gym with the coaches that I have.”
Austin freshman Maddie Mullnebach remembers Fadness as the teammate who showed her around the gym on her very first day with the Packers. She looks up to Fadness as a teammate and a mentor.
“Ever since that [first] day we’ve worked together and learned things together,” Mullenbach said. “She’s like my big sister. She’s a really good person.”
The Packers took second in the Class ‘A’ ‘true team’ state meet and Tuesday’s performance gives the team a little more confidence as Owatonna, Winona and Austin are the top three teams in the Big Nine.
“After last weekend we know where we are and we know we can do better,” Mullenbach said.
Vault: Sela Fadness (9.600); Maddie Mullenbach (9.550); Abby Bickler (9.150); Jennifer Boyle (9.150)
Bars: Fadness (9.625); Bickler (9.100); Mullenbach (9.100); Boyle (8.800)
Beam: Fadness (9.400); Mullenbach (9.000); Bickler (8.600); Boyle (8.325)
Floor: Fadness (9.500); Bickler (9.475); Mullenbach (9.450); Boyle (8.825)
All-around: Fadness (38.125); Bickler (36.325); Mullenbach (37.100); Boyle (35.100)